Whether you think the current housing crisis is a cause of a symptom of the economic meltdown in the United States and abroad, there’s no denying that there’s a great deal of uncertainty about how long this recession will last , how deep it will cut , and what this means for people looking to buy a house in Santa Cruz today. I’ve said it several times in various postings to this blog, but I think it bears repeating: I think home prices in Santa Cruz county will continue to drop for the foreseeable future – and by that, I mean the rest of this year, at least. … It’s not a new thing – as I mentioned a blog entry or two ago, this multiple-offer feeding-frenzy has been going on at least 18 months, I don’t see that it is more common today than it was a year or so ago – but perhaps it’s being talked about more in the media, as there is now more effort into talking up the economy rather than talking it down. … I had seen it when it had come up (I send myself e-mails from my automated system for every bank-owned home that hits the market), but at the moment, I had a number of deadlines I was working to meet so I didn’t look at the particulars to see that it was really an incredible deal. … Actually, when it started out, I don’t think it was a short sale – but as the months went by, the price was reduced until finally the owner owed more on it than the market would pay.
The seller had actually already signed the documents she needed to, all that was left for the buyers to go to their friendly neighborhood First American Title Company office and do their signatures, and then we’d just sit around and wait for those fat commission checks to come rolling in.
…It seems that the buyers had gone ballistic, had threatened to file a lawsuit, to sue us for misrepresentation or fraud or something…but that the buyer’s agent had calmed them down to the point where all they wanted was a discount of $15,000.
…I shipped that off to my client the seller, and in a few hours I had it back, and forwarded it on to the buyer’s agent, saying, “OK, here’s the cancellation of contract.
…In the end, the buyer’s agent chipped in $2,500 of her commission, and we had to chip in $2,500 of our commission – except that our client, bless her heart, signed a separate agreement and wrote my brokerage a check after the close of escrow, giving us the $2,500 back.